Lawmakers seek state internships for disabled veterans

Thursday, February 6, 2014
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— State lawmakers are calling on the state Assembly to enable disabled veterans to participate in the annual legislative internship program.

Assembly members Jim Tedisco, R-Glenville, Steve Hawley, R-Batavia, and Kiernan Michael Lalor, R-Fishkill, are pushing for positions in the program to be set aside for service-disabled veterans.

“Who better than our wounded warriors to see the inner workings of the republic and representative democracy they put their lives on the line for to the extent they now have to deal with a life-long disability,” Tedisco said.

The initiative, named Giving Internships for Disabled Veterans not fully Employed or G.I.V.E., proposes enrollees receive an $11,500 stipend for the semester-long program with no additional cost to taxpayers.

The Assembly internship program is open to students enrolled in a four-year college. Undergraduates receive a $4,500 annual stipend and graduates earn $11,500.

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